Freaky, Venomous Water Creatures

Many creatures in the sea, rivers and land that exists. Some of these strange sea creatures are venomous. These types of living things can be harmful to animals and humans alike. It is always important to distinguish animals that are poisonous from those which aren’t. In this article, I particularly discuss about freaky, venomous water creatures.

If you are a diver, or loves to swim, better look out for this creatures you might encounter in the sea or underwater.

1) Cuttlefish

 

Cuttlefish (itsnature.org)

 

Cuttlefish belongs to the squid and octopus family, and they have ten tentacles. At the center of their tentacles is the base of the cuttlefish’s head and it’s beak. They have the ability to inject venom into their prey’s nervous system. But the cuttlefish’s venom are are not harmful to humans.

2) Polythoa Coral

 

Polythoa Coral (itsnature.org)

 

There are various kinds of corals in the world, but it was known that the most venomous corals are the Polythoa corals. It has a high toxic that could kill a person if given the opportunity to be injected by these species of polythoa. According to some studies, the symptoms of the toxins are chest pains, difficulty in breathing which may lead to lost of breath and fast pulse rate.

3) Blue Ringed Octopus

 

Blue Ringed Octopus (purpleslinky.com)

 

The Blue-ringed octopus are the second most venomous species in the world and have the ability to kill human in a matter of 2 minutes. This species are habitats of Japan sea, and according to scientists and zoologist the venom of the blue-ringed octopus is 10,000 times lethal than cyanide poison.

4) Box Jelly Fish

 

Box Jelly Fish (purpleslinky.com)

The box Jellyfish are known as the third deadly poisonous creatures in the world. These are commonly found in the Pacific ocean. The tentacles are 3 meters long; if these tentacles are touched by humans the venom could reach the person’s blood stream quickly. These weird venomous creatures can potentially kill someone within 5 minutes.

 

Irukandjii Jellyfish (Google.image)

Most lethal next to Box jellyfish found on sea waters of Australia named after the Irukandji aborigines of Autralia because of mysterious illness and death due to inflicted venom by the jellyfish. These irukandji jellyfish are very small about 2.5 cm and are very dangerous to human.

5) Coned-Snail

Cone Snail (itsnature.org)

 

Cone snails has unique proboscis with a harpoon-like attached at the end, and used as spear to attack its prey, commonly the small fish. The venom from cone snail are strong enough to paralyze its prey in seconds. There are reports that the death of divers, the cone snail are the one responsible for this death.

6) Scorpion Fish

Scorpion Fish (itsnature.org)

The Scorpion fish are part of Scorpaenidae family is found in the coldest ocean in the world. Scorpaenidae family consist of known 400 species, like the stonefish, lionfish and devilfish. They camouflage as a way to trick their preys. The sting from the venomous spine (found around the anal and dorsal fin areas) of Scorpion fish are most dangerous and lethal to human.

7) Stonefish

 

Stone Fish (fishindexblogspot.com)

 

Stonefish or Synanceia Verrucosa, are one of the most dangerous and venomous species of fish and could very fatal to human if untreated within 3 hours of inflicted by the venomous sting. The stonefish have potent neuro-toxins secreted from their glands at the base of their dorsal fins and 13 spines that release the venom coming from two sacs.


8) Lionfish

 

Lionfish (fishindexblogspot.com)

 

The Lionfish have large fan-like pectoral fins but are dangerous not only with the other sea creatures, but also to humans. The spines in the dorsal fins have a strong toxic contents, and maybe one of the reasons why they are not scared of divers.

9) Longhorn Fish

 

Longhorn Cowfish (bountyfishing.com)

 

 

Longhorn Cowfish (marinecenter.com)

 

The Longhorn Cowfish commonly found in Indo-Pacific region. Their flesh are poisonous and not for human consumptions.

10) Golpher Rockfish

 

Gopher Rockfish (Wilkipedia)

 

 

Black Rockfish (Wilkipedia)

 

The Gopher and the Black Rockfish inhabitant of the North Pacific, all species of its kind contains poison in their glands, dorsal, anal and pelvic spines. And not safe to human.

11) Puffer Fish

 

Fugu Fish (yahoo.com)

Fugu Fish (yahoo.com.image)

 

 

Midnight Arothon Puffer (fishindexblogspot.com)

 

 

Spotted Puffer Fish (fishindexblogspot.com)

 

The puffer fish come in different varieties of species, they have the ability to inflate their bodies to frighten their predators. But all kinds of puffer fish have poisonous meat and not safe for human to eat. But in Japan, the Fugu puffer fish is one of the Japanese famous cuisine and expensive delicacy. But only professionals and licensed chef are allowed to cook the Fugu puffer fish.

12) Fu Manchu Fish

 

Fu Manchu Lionfish (fishindexblogspot.com)

 

Fu Manchu fish, just like the porcupine fish, they have pectoral fins -like quill for dorsal fins. When pricked by the quill like fins it causes painful shock-pains. The fins also contains toxic elements.

13) Porcupine Fish

 

Porcupine Inflated-Pufferfish (fishindexblogspot.com)

 

Porcupine fish are member of puffer family, with poisonous dorsal fins, and some meaty parts. Porcupine fish are dangerous to human.

 

File Fish (sunfish family) fishindexblogspot.com

 

Filefish are family member of the sunfish and porcupine fish, and are dangerous to people. Getting sting by this fish can cause, paralysis and maybe death.

14) Spotted Ratfish

 

Spotted Ratfish (fishincexblogspot.com)

 

The Spotted Ratfish or Hydrolagus are member of shark family with venomous spines on the dorsal fin edge. These can be found in Pacific ocean at 3,000 feet deep, but they move to shallow surfaces during the month of Spring and Autumn season.

15) Blue Spotted Stingray

 

Blue Spotted Stingray (fishindexblogspot.com)

 

Blue spotted stingray are actually of shark family and are found in East Africa, West Pacific, Red Sea, East Africa, Japan and Southern Australia. These freaky, venomous water creatures can be found in shallow waters, but have the ability to bury their body in the sand of the ocean floor. The large spined-tail of stingray is dangerous and can even be deadly. The huge poisonous barbs can wound the victims and can cause death especially if the victim is not properly treated.

16) Electric Eel

 

Electric Eel (fishindexblofspot.com)

 

Electric eel or Electrophorus Electricus freaky and strange fish have the ability to discharge 600 volts of electricity in waters that can cause damages to its prey, may it be predators or humans. They can grow over 8′ in length and weigh at about 45 pounds. Although human deaths are rare, these electric eels are considered dangerous because of their high electric volts. Getting shocked by the electric eel could lead to a person to have a heart attack.Electric eels have poor eyesight and they are not considered part of eel family, but of catfish family.

Elephant-Nosed Fish

 

Elephant-Nosed fish (fishindexblogspot.com)

 

Elephant-nosed fish , commonly found in Niger river in Western Africa. These strange and weird fish, has a small amount of electricity but not much as of the electric eels.

17) Dragon Fish

 

Dragon Fish, Thailand (Jurgen Holzel)

The Dragon fish are found near the rocky coastline and corals in Thailand. A sting from its needles brings immediate extreme pains and swell in few seconds. Human victims of a dragon fish need medical attention immediately.

18) Crown of Thorns Starfish

 

Crown of Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster Planci) (Google images)

The Crown of Thorns starfish are the most venomous hairy starfish, and have 10 or more spiny arms with toxic thorn-like spines.

 

19) Fire Urchins

 

 

Fire Urchins (Asthenosoma Varium)(Google images)

 

The Fire sea urchins (Asthenosoma Varium), the poisonous spines, where small shrimps hide like the Periellmenes Colemani. If sting or injected by their needle-like horns the victim will have the extreme pain and need immediate medical assistance.

 

Periellmenes Colemani Shrimps(Google images)

 


Sea Cucumber

Sea Cucumber with Cuverian Threads (Google images)

 

The sea cucumber (Bohadschia argus) with thread-like structure called Cuiverian, are part of their guts. The Cuiverian are very toxic called Holothurin and can paralyze the predators. It can harm human too.

20) Poisonous Sea Slug

 

Glaucus Atlanticus Sea Slugs (Wilkipedia)

 

This next venomous strange sea creature called the Glaucus Atlanticus sea slugs are poisonous, maybe because they don’t have protective shells like the snails. Their toxins are collected in as sac called Cnidosacs on the tip of their cerata, the thin feather-like fingers on the body. The stored venom produces powerful and deadly injection to humans and other creatures. There are various kind of sea slug, their attractive color makes them fascinating, but touching them isn’t the wisest thing to do– not unless you want to die right away.

 

Sea Slugs (downbelow.co.uk)

 

 

Sea Slugs (downbelow.co.uk)

Sea Slugs (downbelow.co.uk)


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